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Small Packet Optimization: Intel® 8255x/8254x Ethernet ControllersScopeThis document discusses the "small packet" performance of the Intel® 8255x Ethernet Controllers and the Intel® 8254x Ethernet Controllers, and describes techniques for improving this performance through driver design optimization and configuration.Reference DocumentsThe reader should be familiar with network device driver design and TCP/IP protocol. In addition, the following documents may be useful:• 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller Networking Silicon Developer's Manual, Revision 0.75, Intel Corporation.• 10/100 Mb Ethernet Family Software Technical Reference Manual, Revision 2.1, Intel Corporation.• Interrupt Moderation using the 82540EM, 82545GM and 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Network Controllers, Application Note 450, Revision 1.0, Intel Corporation.• Benchmarking Gigabit Network Adapters (Whitepaper), revision 1.0, Intel Corporation.• PCI: Efficient Use (Whitepaper), Intel Corporation (http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/PC1001.HTM).• Beyond Softnet, J. Salim, R. Olsson, A. Kuznetsov (http://www.cyberus.ca/~hadi/usenix-paper.tgz)Read the full Small Packet Optimization: Intel® 8255x/8254x Ethernet Controllers application note.
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